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Salt water Fly Fishing in the Great Australian Bight (Crossing the Nullarbor) | Category: Fishing Talk

PDS 1 year ago

Planning a road trip to Perth from our Illawarra home at the end of the month.
Will travel via Port Augusta down to Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay, Streaky Bay, etc. and then
across the Nullarbor to Esperance, Albany and on.
Trying to decide whether to take fly or spin gear?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

itsaboat 1 year ago

I would take spin gear.

Do you have enough room to take both ?

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
PDS 1 year ago

Thanks Itsaboat. Probably don’t have room for both so will go spin as you suggest.

itsaboat 1 year ago

No worries mate

I would suggest a rod of 8 or 10 foot with a reel of 4500 or 6500 size.

If you have the room a couple of hand lines (or even just one) wont go to waste. Don't laugh at it, you might be surprised at just what you can catch on a cheap Kmart plastic hand line

Look forward to reading about your trip and of course, seeing some pics

What part of the Illawarra do you hale from? I grew up around Shellharbour - Warilla - Windang.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
garfield 1 year ago

Sounds a great trip mate. Have just done that recently with a caravan, but no fishing-spewing. Surely you have room for a couple different reels n rods, smaller and larger, plus some snorkel gear, abalones, mussels, spear some fish. Big fish and bread and butter fish is catchable all along the way. Hang out at the boat ramps and see if you can get a lift, or just buy some fresh fish off them. It works, don't be shy if you've got some gear, or cash. Beautiful country you're about to head into. Enjoy, whatever you take.

tuppo2491 1 year ago

Interesting re where you grew up (fished) about.
I lived Jamberoo/Kiama (now BOMADERRY) for some years, fished earlier times growing up around the North Coast, Catherine Hill Bay, Booti Booti, Shelley 'Sea Gull' Rock, South West Rocks, fished hard Bass Point, Minnamurra, ......problem with Windang and places around that way today is the 'idiot thieves' ... puts a spoiler on when your vehicle is broken into, during May June when Pelagics are running hot these pricks have a field day. Always at Killalea parking spot t(Mystics) there is evidence of break ins.
Many in our society has sort of lost it.

itsaboat 1 year ago

There is nothing wrong with Bomaderry.

I have never been a fan of Killalea. When I was a kid the land owner with the only road in used to charge a fee. That made it "special"...There is nothing "special" about it. It is just a beach like any other beach in the area. Except for the fact that Killalea does attract some people of questionable character.

Yeah, I hear ya...

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
tuppo2491 1 year ago

That was when the area was called "THE FARM". We were living at Jamberoo in those years.

The beach/surf was always safe for the kids.

Can't remember if access to the Mystics was even possible in those days.

I think the property had been taken over by a mining company a bit later, prior to State Parks setting up Killalea Camp Grounds.

Bass point was a good spot for Tailor, have not been there for years.

Bomaderry is quite pleasant, just 6.4 kms to the Bolong Landing, handy, problem from fishing point view is the flow of the water during tide changes, water really moves, at the ferry to Comerong Island you can see how the water really gets going.
Have you fished the beach on Comerong ? I have been to the training wall right around opposite boat ramps but not worked hard.

I have a PORTA BOAT, 3.7 mtres, 6HP Yamaha but still in the shed, an example of a 'slacko', so will have to get organised.

Good fishing .....

itsaboat 1 year ago

Oh, they have camping at Killalea now do they? I didn't know that.

Yes, we used to call it Farm Beach.

Bass Point has always been good. Anywhere from Shellharbour along to the point is good. There is a flat rock ledge near the white sand end where you will often pick up good sized school sharks. The far end of the black sand end is pretty good for snapper. Around the jetty (the blue metal jetty) you will pick up all sorts. It is also god for cunji and sea urchins at low tide.

No I have not fished on Comerong. But I have fished all around it by boat. There is a hole at the southern end where you are almost guaranteed to get flathead.

I would like to know how PDS did on his trip across "the bor".

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
tuppo2491 1 year ago

Yes will be interesting to see how PDS goes.
Years back I flew my helicopter that I had at the time to WA for a contract, while my dad drove back up for me in my Toyota SR 5.
Where and when I could divert I flew coastal in many places, staggering scenery, thought at the time would love to have had a rod tied to the 'pannier' rack.
Always had a rod/reel on board when flying in PNG, on the Northern side fishing was unbelievable, Spanish heaps, but for me first time fishing in tropical water the REEF fish, the colours, the variety ..amazing.
Remember I had a charter to Montague Island, NAROOMA way, years back did a few shuttles first day. Next day I tied a rod on the side, was well worth it got a prize GT, was just waiting for me, just the one but the crew that I was positioning thought it was a pretty smick way to go.
My brother just back from Shark Bay WA, hit a few tailor, my bucket list is for King Ash Bay NT, but things keep getting in the way.
We planned for the Jardine, few competitive fishos' reckon King Ash Bay BEST !